Art, local history, photography and adventures around Tongwynlais and Castell Coch

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Old photo of shop on Mill Road, Tongwynlais with staff posing outside The Mill Road Stores - I’ve been sent some brilliant photos of the old shops on Mill Road. They were a little scratched and damaged so I’ve restored them for you to enjoy. Andrew sent me this photo of Cliff Davies’ grocery shop that was at 24 Mill Road. He told me, “Cliff Davies was my grandfather and he had ... more...
Promotional poster for CastellCoch.com New Site for Castell Coch Launched - I’ve been writing about, photographing and collecting Castell Coch memorabilia for many years now. Over the last few months, I’ve built a brand new site dedicated to this local landmark. CastellCoch.com is a collection of memorabilia, stories and images inspired by Cardiff’s fairytale castle. I’m going to continue writing about Tongwynlais on this site. There ... more...
Old black and white postcard featuring photo of Castell Coch Postcards from Tongwynlais – Part 12 - We’re returning to Castell Coch for this instalment of “Postcards from Tongwynlais“. This card has a stamp commemorating King George V’s Silver Jubilee in 1935. The postmark is unclear but it looks like it’s dated 1935. You can see in the comparison below that very little has changed in the last 85 years. The safety ... more...
Wonky Cardiff by Jon Durrant - I recently stumbled across an image of Castell Coch that I instantly fell in love with. It turns out the artwork was produced by local artist Jon Durrant and is part of his Wonky Cardiff Project. I got in touch with Jon to purchase a print and to find out more about it. About Jon ... more...
Wooden sculpture of a bench with squirrels around it Fforest Fawr Sculpture Trail - It’s been over two years since Simon O’Rourke installed the new sculpture trail in Fforest Fawr. Simon has shared his initial sketches for the carvings and I take a look at how the sculptures have changed. When I spoke to Simon during the installation he explained that the sculptures would change colour quite dramatically over ... more...